On June 23, the Humboldt County School District Board of Trustees held their regular meeting.  

The board approved the following agenda item:

• The amended/augmented budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

• Awarding the bid for the Lowry High School lower parking lot repaving project. 

• Awarding the Winnemucca Junior High School Distance Education electrical project. 

• Awarded the bid for the Grass Valley Elementary School and Winnemucca Grammar School asphalt replacement projects. 

• An authorization to proceed with preparatory work related to the Winnemucca Junior High School electrical project. 

• To cancel the July 14th board meeting. 

The trustees tabled the following agenda item:

• An update regarding district and state education budget reductions for the 2020-21 school year.

The trustees received the following presentations:

• District Superintendent Dr. Dave Jensen updated the board on the remaining teacher vacancies for the 2020-21 school year. He said there are currently three open positions within the district. 

•  Dr. Jensen updated the board regarding the reopening committee. There are 25 members which will be divided into two subcommittees: logistics and academics. 

He anticipates the committee will meet July 1 to discuss the recent survey sent out to parents and guardians regarding distance learning and reopening schools in the fall. 

Jensen said the committee received 121 within the first 40 minutes.

He anticipates there will likely be more responses by the committee’s next meeting and would like to encourage all parents and guardians to fill out the survey. The survey can be found on the district’s website at https://www.hcsdnv.com/.

• In his Superintendent Report, Dr. Jensen said the major concern regarding reopening plans is that Nevada Department of Education (NDE) guidelines are based on the current Phase 2 guidelines set forth by Governor Steve Sisolak. 

He said the state’s superintendents will ask the governor to draw up plans based upon Phase 3 and then to have contingency plans should the state find it necessary to revert to either a Phase 1 or 2.